Group Policy Management Improvements in Windows Server "8" Beta

Hi all, Ned here again. If you’ve been supporting group policy for years, you’ve grown used to its behaviors. For something designed to manage an enterprise, its initial implementation wasn’t easy to manage itself. The Group Policy Management Console improved this greatly after Windows Server 2003, but there was room for enhancement. Windows Server “8”… Read more

Friday Mail Sack: Get Off My Lawn Edition

Hi folks, Ned here again. I know this is supposed to be the Friday Mail Sack but things got a little hectic and… ah heck, it doesn’t need explaining, you’re in IT. This week – with help from the ever-crotchety Jonathan Stephens – we talk about: Multiple WMI Filters LDAP MaxPoolThreads Many-to-one certificate mappings LinkID… Read more

Friday Mail Sack: Dang, This Year Went Fast Edition

Hi folks, Ned here again with your questions and comments. This week we talk: AD Garbage Collection behavior Applying Group Policy based on installed roles and features Apple hates .local domains More on auto site coverage from Lurch Fixing the mysteriously bad CPU performance of brand new servers DFSN and NetApp Hyper-V and AD/DFSR/FRS/etc. disk… Read more

Friday Mail Sack: Unintended Hilarity Edition

Hiya folks, Ned here again with another week’s questions, comments, and oddities. This time we’re talking: GPMC inconsistent permissions error ADMT multiple servers DFSR staging calculation performance USMT and MAX_PATH DFSR port 5722 on members Common AD support topics Other things Let’s get it. Question When we change security on our group policies using GPMC,… Read more

Improved Group Policy Preference Targeting by Computer Group Membership

Hello AskDS readers, it’s Mike again talking about Group Policy Preference targeting items. I posted an article in June entitled Targeting Group Policy Preferences by Container, not by Group. This post highlighted the common problems many people encounter when targeting preferences items based on a computer’s group membership, why the problem occurs, and some workarounds…. Read more

Friday Mail Sack: Anchors Aweigh Edition

Hiya folks, Ned here again. I finally have an editor that allows anchors on all the questions, so I am adding a quasi “table of contents” for these posts that allow easier navigation and linking. I’ll retrofit all the old mail sack articles too… eventually. This week we discuss – eh – let’s have the… Read more

Forcing Domain Admins to use AGPM (but not really)

Hi folks, Sean Wright here for my final post. So, you have AGPM installed, but your Domain Admins continue using GPMC to create, delete, and modify Group Policy. You’ve asked nicely, but that hasn’t had much effect. Now you want to make your point, and prevent your Domain Admins from managing Group Policy the wrong… Read more

Target Group Policy Preferences by Container, not by Group

Hello again AskDS readers, Mike here again. This post reflects on Group Policy Preference targeting items, specifically targeting by security groups. Targeting preference items by security groups is a bad idea. There is a better way that most environments can accomplish the same result, at a fraction of the cost. Group Membership dependent The world… Read more

AGPM Operations (under the hood part 4: import and export)

Sean again, here for Part 4 of the Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM) blog series, following the lifecycle of a Group Policy Object (GPO) as it transitions through various events. In this installment, we investigate what takes place when you use the Import and Export features within AGPM. With the use of Group Policy so… Read more

AGPM Operations (under the hood part 3: check in)

Sean again, here for Part 3 of the Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM) blog series, following the lifecycle of a Group Policy Object (GPO) as it transitions through various AGPM-related events. In this installment, we investigate what takes place when you check-in a controlled GPO. Before editing an AGPM controlled GPO, it is checked-out. Similarly,… Read more